Brawling, packed malls mark Southern California Black Friday

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Shoppers look for bargains at Toys 'R' Us on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010, in New York City. The stores, which opened nationwide at 10PM, will remain open for 24 hours for Black Friday.

The Black Friday shopping orgy got a little nasty in Southern California. Reports of a melee sent Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies to the Los Cerritos Center mall in Cerritos around 2:30 a.m.

Sgt. Ciro Racowschi tells a local wire service that a half-dozen men got into a fight in the food court, running and knocking chairs to the ground.

He says deputies contained the area and did a walkthrough but couldn't find the brawlers.

No injuries are reported.

The mall advertised a midnight opening and Racowschi says it was packed.

Elsewhere, some shopping outlets opened their doors as early as Thursday night to accommodate the crush of shoppers looking for post-Thanksgiving bargains.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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